The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

17th August 2014


Update: 16th August: Photos from Solemn Mass for the Vigil of the Assumption at Keilor Downs, as well as the Assumption.

Further information on the Melbourne Programme of His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke is available here.

We are pleased to announce that His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, will celebrate Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne, at St Aloysius’ Church on Sunday, 31st August, 2014, at 10.30 am. His Eminence will also confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on those candidates who have been registered with us.

Sacrament of Confirmation: the following candidates are now registered to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Aloysius’ on Sunday, 31st August, 2014: Caillie Franklin, Isabella and Peter De Castella, Grace Plecas, Julia Stanfield, Mary Lyall, James Davey, Matthew Paczkowski and Marcus Basic. Please pray for them as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Please note that the WCF meeting is being relocated from Mentone to another venue (TBA) for security reasons. Those who have pre-registered will be advised of the new venue by a secure communication. “Life, Family & Freedom”: World Congress of Families Regional meeting, Saturday 30th August. His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, will give the key note address at 11.30 am: “Natural Law and Conscience – Key to Freedom and to the Integrity of Marriage and the Family”. Other speakers include the Hon. Bernie Finn, MLC, and Bishop Peter Elliott. Pre-Registration is essential. To do this, or to obtain further details, please contact Babette Francis on 9822 5218,", or John Brennan

Thank you to those who generously assisted with yesterday’s clean up at the Church. The 10 am Mass on Saturday was offered for your intentions.

Cardinal Burke will address ‘Theology@thePub’ on Friday, 29th August, from 6.30 pm at the Pumphouse, 128 Nicholson St. The talk will be preceded by Low Pontifical Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 199 Rathdowne St, Carlton, at 5.30 pm

Adult catechesis will meet today, 17th August from 12.15 – 1.00 pm.

Welcome home to Sr Paschalina Marie! We pray that her short home visit is pleasant and restful.


Continuing the Interview with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller

Q. Evidently this brings up the relationship between the sacrament of the Eucharist and the sacrament of marriage. How can the relationship between the two sacraments be understood?

A: Eucharistic communion is an expression of a personal and communal relationship with Jesus Christ. Unlike our Protestant brothers and in line with the tradition of the Church, for Catholics this expresses the perfect union between Christology and ecclesiology. So I cannot have a personal relationship with Christ and with his true Body present in the sacrament of the altar and at the same time contradict the same Christ and his mystical Body present in the Church and in the ecclesial communion. Therefore we can affirm without error that if anyone finds himself in a situation of mortal sin, he cannot and must not receive communion.

This applies not only to the case of the divorced and remarried, but rather to all cases in which there is an objective rupture with what God wants for us. It is by definition the bond that is established among the various sacraments. Because of this we must be on our guard against an immanentist conception of the sacrament of the Eucharist, an understanding founded on an extreme individualism that would make the reception of the sacraments or participation in ecclesial communion dependent upon the individual's needs or tastes.

For some the key to the problem is the desire to communicate sacramentally, as if the mere desire were a right. For many others, communion is simply a way of expressing membership in a community. Of course, the sacrament of the Eucharist cannot be conceived of in a reductive manner as the expression of a right or a communal identity: the Eucharist cannot be a "social feeling"!

It is often suggested that the decision to receive Eucharistic communion should be left to the personal conscience of the divorced and remarried. This argument also expresses a problematic concept of “conscience,” already rejected by the congregation for the doctrine of the Faith in 1994. Before approaching to receive communion, the faithful know they must examine their conscience, something that also obliges them to form it continually and therefore to be impassioned seekers of the truth.

In this unique dynamic, obedience to the magisterium of the Church is not a burden, but rather an aid in discovering the greatly desired truth about the good for oneself and for others.

Q. At this point there emerges the great challenge of the relationship between doctrine and life. It has been said that, without touching doctrine, it is now necessary to adapt this to the “pastoral reality.” This adaptation would suppose that doctrine and pastoral practice could follow different paths.

A: The split between life and doctrine is characteristic of Gnostic dualism. As is separating justice and mercy, God and Christ, Christ the Teacher and Christ the Shepherd, or separating Christ from the Church. There is only one Christ. Christ is the guarantee of the unity between the Word of God, doctrine, and the testimony of life. Every Christian knows that it is only through sound doctrine that we can attain eternal life.

The theories you have pointed out seek to make Catholic doctrine a sort of museum of Christian theories: a sort of reserve that would be of interest only to a few specialists. Life, for its part, would have nothing to do with Jesus Christ as he is and as the Church shows him to be. Strict Christianity would be turned into a new civil religion, politically correct and reduced to a few values tolerated by the rest of society. This would achieve the unconfessed objective of some: to get the Word of God out of the way for the sake of ideological control over all of society.

Jesus did not become flesh in order to expound a few simple theories that would tranquilize the conscience and ultimately leave things the way they are. The message of Jesus is a new life. If anyone were to think and live by separating life from doctrine, not only would he deform the doctrine of the Church by turning it into a sort of idealistic pseudo-philosophy, but he would also be fooling himself. Living as a Christian means living on the basis of faith in God. Adulterating this arrangement means realizing the dreaded compromise between God and the devil.

- from Sandro Magister,

    • Friday, August 15

    Sr Paschalina Marie back here in Melbourne.

    Sister is with us for a short stay, and will be attending the Solemn Sunday Mass on August 17.

    • Saturday, August 30

    Life, Family & Freedom

    World Congress of Families Regional meeting at St Patrick’s Hall, Mentone

    • August 31


    Confirmation will be conferred at St Aloysius’ on Sunday, 31st August, 2014.

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    Find out how to join the Newman Singers, our new mixed choir. Young men and women welcome.

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  • The Wolff Organ

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